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Office space developers have been urged by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to help the UK cut its overall carbon emission levels.
A recent report from the office space industry regulator has suggested that while progress is being made in terms of the development of ‘greener’ buildings across Britain, there is much more that still needs to be done.
In response to the latest RICS Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index, head of research at the institution Stephen Brown said: “Governments must provide incentives and implement initiatives to create a zero-carbon built environment.”
“The [UK] government should consider cutting VAT on building materials for repair and renovation to five per cent to stimulate the growth of sustainable buildings,” he added.
According to the RICS index, Norway and Brazil are making the most rapid progress when it comes to developing more environmentally-friendly buildings, with the UK currently rated third.
Professor Yvonne Rydin, from the University of Central London, authored the recent study and she was keen to make clear that developers of all different kinds of property, from office space to leisure centres, have a responsibility to help the UK cut the level of carbon emissions that result from its built environments.
“Our homes, shops, offices, factories and leisure centres all need to make their contribution to the climate change agenda,” she said.
Last week, as part of an ongoing environmental efficiency drive, the Ministry of Defence revealed that the new office space of its King’s Troop regiment in London will be partly powered by recycled horse manure from the 170 or so animals it counts among its ranks.
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